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How To Clean Crystal And Glassware?

How To Clean Crystal And Glassware?

Glass and China

Glass and china look best when sparkling clean. Items that you do not use often should be washed from time to time, or dust will build up and produce a grimy finish. Wipe regularly with a soapy cloth, then a damp one.

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Crystal and Glassware

Wash delicate glasses by hand – using a plastic bowl to prevent breakage – and dry carefully. Never put cut glass or fine crystal in a dishwasher; the strong detergents used will eventually cause a white bloom known as etching, which is impossible to remove.

Cleaning Crystal and Glassware

Stemmed glasses

When drying stemmed glasses, hold the dish towel steady, and twist the glass around inside it. If you do it the other way around, you may snap the stem.

Making glass shine

Put some lemon peels in the rinse water used for glassware. Lemon cuts grease, and the acid released gives a clear shine and brilliance to the washed glasses.

Polishing glasses

Make a thin paste from baking powder and water, and rub it onto glass. Rinse well, and dry with a soft cloth to create a bright shine. This polish also works well on car windshields.

Caring for Glass

  • Preventing heat damage do not expose glassware to high temperatures, or to extreme changes in temperature – the glassware may break. Gilt and silver decorations on glassware will come off if items are washed or soaked in hot water for too long.
  • Storing glasses Store wine glasses upright. If you store them upside down, they will develop a musty smell and the rims may be damaged.
  • Removing smells If bottles or jars smell strongly, wash them, then steep in a solution of 1 tsp (5 g) diy mustard to 4 cups (1 liter) warm water overnight. Rinse well.

Solving Problems with Glassware

Unsticking glasses

If one glass becomes stuck in another, stand both in a bowl. Put ice cubes in the top tumbler to make it contract. Pour hot water into the bowl – this will make the outer tumbler expand and release its grip on the inner one.

Solving Problems with Glassware

Removing chips

There is no need to throw away glasses that get chipped. Rub the chip with a piece of extra-fine sandpaper until it is smooth. Then rub the surrounding area of the rim to smooth it and make the repair less obvious.

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Special Glass Items

Glass items around the home will attract dust and look dull unless they are cleaned regularly. Do not let dirt build up, or cleaning will become a chore. If you have to carry glassware to another room for cleaning, put it in a wastepaper basket filled with newspaper.

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